The Barnsley British Co-Operative Society Building


The Barnsley British Co-Operative Society. Photo Credit: Experience Barnsley

In recent news, a beautiful Victorian building has gone up in flames in Barnsley. It’s recent use was a nightclub and now under renovation to become a restaurant, but all has been wasted away to a large fire destroying it. Originally built in 1862 and was a Grade 2 listed building, it housed many different departments from butchery, pharmaceutical, tailoring and also drapery.


It’s with greatl shame that this building has slowly deteriorated over the years and has now been engulfed in flames. We’re going to take a look at it’s fashion sided history through these beautiful old photos from the 60’s and a memories video from Experience Barnsley. Photo Credit to the left: Yorkshire Post.



Ladies' clothing department, Barnsley Co-op, South Yorkshire, 1957. Artist: Michael Walters - Stock Image
The Ladies Wear Department. Photo Credit: Alamy
Barnsley Co-operative society, men's tailoring department, South Yorkshire, 1960. Artist: Michael Walters - Stock Image
The Men’s Tailoring Department. Photo Credit: Alamy
The new men's central tailoring department at the Co-op, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, 1961. Artist: Michael Walters - Stock Image
The Men’s Tailoring Department. Photo Credit: Alamy
Co-op drapery department, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, 1956. Artist: Michael Walters - Stock Image
The Drapery Department. Photo Credit: Alamy
The Hairdressing Parlour. Photo Credit: Heritage Lottery Fund
Customers in the Barnsley Co-op jewellery department, South Yorkshire, 1957.   Artist: Michael Walters - Stock Image
The Jewellery Counters. Photo Credit: Alamy


The Experience Barnsley Museum have been delving into this topic and created this wonderful video of people who used to be members of the Co-Operative and their memories.


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